JL's Journal

June 20, 2016


“But mark this:

There will be terrible times in the last days…

evil men…will go from bad to worse,

deceiving and being deceived.”

(II Timothy 3:1, 13)

Dear Friends & Partners,

   As I write this op-ed, it is the evening of “Father’s Day.” For Patt and me, it has been a blessed day of going to church, followed by lunch with some of our local children and grandchildren. It was a “love fest” through worship, good food, fellowship, laughter and reminiscing.

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August 24, 2015

It is with great joy and anticipation that I invite you to join Patt and I for an exciting tour of Jordan and Israel! The dates are February 20 - March 04, 2016! Hosting with us will be US Ambassador Lewis Lucke.

You can download the trip details in the attached brochure by clicking here

You can download the registration form by clicking here.

So don’t wait! Sign up now for the trip of a lifetime!

J.L. and Patt Williams

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May 06, 2012

For North Carolinians, there is a strategic vote on Tuesday, May 8th, about the nature of marriage.  This is what the Amendment says: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”  Simple and clear enough.  Should be a slam-dunk vote!  Right?  Not necessarily.  Even though that is how most societies have understood and defined marriage since the beginning of time, that definition is increasingly being challenged morally and legally.  The necessity of Marriage Amendment One is the legal response to this battle to redefine traditional marriage.

The key legal issue is whether the traditional definition of marriage, as an exclusive relationship between a man and a woman, will stand.  Or whether it will be amended to legally validate and protect other “domestic relationships” – specifically between people of the same sex.  In other words, will the definition of marriage be widened to include homosexual relationships rather than just heterosexual relationships?  Will two homosexuals or two lesbians be granted all of the social and legal marital status of a man and woman?

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April 15, 2012

Pictured:  J.L. with Luke in the hospital upon his return home from Haiti;
Luke with his stuffed animals; Joy Yael, Owen, Patt and Luke;
Luke with ‘Easter candy’ that the Haitian children sent him

Dear Friends & Partners,

As most of you know, when I landed in Haiti last week on Maundy Thursday for a series of Easter Services, I received a text from Patt that made my heart stop – even with my pace maker!  She texted me that our grandson, Luke, had been life-flighted to the Chapel Hill Hospital with life-threatening meningitis.  As a father and grandfather, that's the kind of dreaded news you never want to receive!  When I read her one line text, I wanted to get on the next flight home!  But since it was Easter Weekend, all flights were over-booked – making that virtually impossible. So I agonized over what to do... 

Like so many others before me, I was caught in the conflict between the two callings of a parent and a preacher.  Down through the centuries, scores of other Christian parents, pastors, missionaries and military personnel before me have been caught up in this same conflict of conscience and calling.  But after multiple phone calls to Patt and my son, Jonathan, it was determined that I should stay in Haiti on a day-to-day-and-hour-by-hour basis since Luke was being stabilized medically. So by raw faith, I gutted it out and stayed to complete my preaching for Good Friday through Easter Sunday. 

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March 12, 2012

Dear JLPF Partner,


Let me make a confessionI’m a news junkie!”  Much to Patt’s chagrin, all I want to do when I am home and have any TV time is to watch news reports and political talk shows.  These are only occasionally interrupted by something non-political on NatGeo or Animal Planet.  But these days even nature and animals have been politicized by the right and left!

So now you know my TV viewing weaknesses!  Patt hopes you will pray for my deliverance from this “political addiction” before it becomes fatal!


But I must confess that I am especially addicted to politics during election years – like 2012.   And when I am overseas, I am always fascinated by the opportunity to view America through the lenses of other countries and cultures – most of which view us very differently than we view ourselves.  Depending upon what country I am in, America is variously portrayed as a Christian nation…a city set on a hill…the land of opportunity…the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…a military bully…a capitalist exploiter…a colonialist country…the Great Satan.

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